A little bit of star dust mixed in with the dust off the dirt racing tracks highlights this story which manages to combine a sense of nostalgia with the perennial excitement of automobile competition. By a popular author on the subject, the book is set in the pre-and early Depression years, a period which overlaps with the era of The Checkered Flag (1964). Dennis Dugan reminisces starting with the summer in 1928 when he and Greg Ludington went along as pit crew for Tony Conte, who was showing off his father's newly designed car in the summer racing tour. They went despite the fact that Greg's wealthy father disapproved of Greg's interest in cars and of Tony's interest in his daughter. Dennis was happy with the role of mechanic, but Greg wanted to drive, and when Tony had an accident and his family's fortune was sunk in the Depression, Greg was raised to the driver's seat. Old cars, old tracks, and the good old-fashioned school of hard knocks help to make this story of a young boy's ambition in racing a little different.